We do limit ourselves to denying the [Palestinian] people human rights. We not only rob of them of their freedom, land and water. We apply collective punishment to millions of people and even, in revenge‑driven frenzy, destroy the electricity supply for one and half million civilians. Let them “sit in the darkness” and“starve.”
What will history say about today’s genocide of the Palestinians, and our refusal to intervene and stop this massacre? Not as a matter of politics, not even as a matter of religion……….but as a matter of humanity.
I am an America first, person. My allegiance and loyalty is to the same. I truly believe that you cannot serve two masters.
My position on this is specifically:
If you are not 100% for the United States of America, and if you are so divided in your allegiances that you will put the interests, welfare and well-being of another country, any other country, ahead of the U.S., then please, by all means, take yourself there now!
What are you doing here?
Religion and politics use the same method of operation. People collect into groups either in religion and/or political philosophies, that supposedly all think and believe the same things. Then, once collected the group is told there is a (devil) a (foreign terrorist) a boogy man of sorts who has harmed them and wants to harm them again and now……..lets go kill them before they kill us. Constantly presenting your gathered believers with enemies to focus them on, is key to either system. What would God be without a [devil]? What would Republicans or Democrats be, without the other?
What would Israel be without the Arabs?
First: I have no issue with Israel. I do not engage in the “I hate the Jews” dialogue or thinking. I am not afraid of the Jewish people although I have been warned repeatedly, that I should be. I do not believe they are some form of alien race, as others have opined. I do not believe that the Jewish leaders eat babies for lunch, engage in satanic blood rituals and sacrifice virgins, nor do I believe that the true, pure Jews, the actual Hebrews, have their budding horns removed at birth. I do not believe they are an evil population, hellbent on destroying everyone but themselves, although some Israeli’s and some others who are not, may aspire to this.
I refuse to be so desperate to paint the Jewish people negatively, that in the attempts to justify my fears I would actually include denying the holocaust of WW2. My issue with the narrative on the holocaust is that it centers on the Jews to the virtual exclusion of all others who were part of the mass genocide, but by far, not all. Millions and millions of non-Jews were murdered along with them. And no one was so selective in this purging of disposable humanity to care whether they were actually Jewish or not. But if they were, it helped the Nazi cause and helped to keep the German people rallied around one targeted enemy.
The genocide touched every community, every religion, and every individual who got in the way of the German Army and the Third Reich. If you were not Aryan, you just simply had no value. An estimated 13-20 million were killed by the Germans, Germans included, depending on who is doing the reporting. But the fact remains, if one person, regardless of race, religion or politics died, it was one too many.
The genocidal policies of the Nazis resulted in the deaths of about as many Polish Gentiles as Polish Jews, thus making them co-victims in a Forgotten Holocaust. This Holocaust has been largely ignored because historians who have written on the subject of the Holocaust have chosen to interpret the tragedy in exclusivistic terms–namely, as the most tragic period in the history of the Jewish Diaspora. To them, the Holocaust was unique to the Jews, and they therefore have had little or nothing to say about the nine million Gentiles, including three million Poles, who also perished in the greatest tragedy the world has ever known. Little wonder that many people who experienced these events share the feeling of Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz, who anxious when the meaning of the word Holocaust undergoes gradual modifications, so that the word begins to belong to the history of the Jews exclusively, as if among the victims there were not also millions of Poles, Russians, Ukrainians, and prisoners of other nationalities. — Richard C. Lukas, preface to The Forgotten Holocaust: The Poles under German Occupation 1939-1944
While we must never forget what transpired during this period, we do a dishonor to all those who perished when we fail to acknowledge that the holocaust encompassed far more than Jews. Still, at the end of WW2, England and many other countries in Europe decided the best way to stop Jews from settling in their neighborhoods again as what remained of them emerged from the camps, they would give them a piece of Palestine where they could establish them selves. This was not done because of religious writings, prophecies or any other mystical belief. It was done as an expediency and mostly as a result of viewing the Jews just as the Germans did only they were far too shrewd to admit this openly.
I doubt anyone then or now, thinks for one moment this was an act of kindness.
So, they gave them a piece of someone else’s country. And I suppose this was just fine, unless it happens that you lived there and it was your land being given away. Religion was immediately invoked to justify this and required a reciting of old documents, writings, so-called scriptures, prophecies, whatever. These supposedly said this was actually their land and had been 2000 or more years ago.
I have listened to all sides of this from people who try hard to convince me that what has transpires with the genocide of the Palestinians, is justified. I have also listened to the reciting of so-called historical facts from those who state openly that they support Israel first, ( Again, what are you doing here?) information that supposedly proves that 2000 years ago, more or less, Israel was a state and that the name Palestine did not exist, or existed as Palestinia or other names. Somehow, this is supposed to secure the position of the state of Israel as owner of the lands of what I know to be Palestine: what has been known as Palestine for centuries. Through their own recitation of the history of this land, it has always been some version of Palestine in which the ancient Hebrew tribes traveled as their nomadic lives dictated, but ruled by various other states which constantly renamed it after they claimed it.